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France scrape past PNG in league World Cup

A William Barthau field goal 15 minutes from the final whistle was enough to allow France to scramble past Papua New Guinea on Sunday in an opening Rugby League World Cup Pool B match.
France scrape past PNG in league World Cup
by AAP

WARRINGTON, England, Oct 27 AFP - A William Barthau field goal 15 minutes from the final whistle was enough to allow France to scramble past Papua New Guinea on Sunday in an opening Rugby League World Cup Pool B match.

But there was drama right to the end, with PNG fullback David Mead pushing a 25-metre penalty attempt wide with just two minutes to play.

Playmaker Thomas Bosc opened the scoring in the sixth minute for the French, converting his own try after a strong set.

PNG winger Nene McDonald responded, his effort in the corner given the green light after referee Ben Cummins went upstairs to video ref Phil Bentham.

Bentham was then on hand to deny France's Theo Fages, ruling he had made a double movement when crossing the line.

The Papua New Guineans started the second half with new resolve, a forced Mickael Simon knock-on resulting in the ball being spread left and winger Josiah Abavu crossing.

Bosc brought the scores level with a penalty 20 minutes from time and fellow halfback William Barthau nailed the 35-metre drop-goal five minutes later to pull the French a point clear.

But after Barthau spilled a late, speculative high kick from Ray Thompson, PNG were awarded a penalty that could have snatched the match, only for Mead's effort to drift wide in strong wind at Hull's Craven Park.

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